A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Eighth Commandment

This entry is part 10 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?     Who shall dwell on your holy hill? 2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right     and speaks truth in his heart; 3 who does not slander with his tongue     and … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Seventh Commandment

This entry is part 9 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

        Fret not yourself because of evildoers;     be not envious of wrongdoers! 2 For they will soon fade like the grass     and wither like the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;     dwell in the land … Continue reading

“Gabriel’s Gracious Greeting” (Sermon on Luke 1:26-38, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Gabriel’s Gracious Greeting” (Luke 1:26-38) Every year on the Fourth Sunday in Advent, the Holy Gospel is a reading about Mary. Last year it was the message to Joseph that Mary would bear a son. Next year it will be … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Sixth Commandment

This entry is part 8 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;     I address my verses to the king;     my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men;     grace is poured upon … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Fifth Commandment

This entry is part 7 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;     you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down     and are acquainted with all … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Fourth Commandment

This entry is part 6 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  Unless the Lord builds the house,     those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,     the watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early     and go late to … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Third Commandment

This entry is part 5 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  How lovely is your dwelling place,     O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, faints     for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy     to the living God. 3 Even the sparrow finds a home,     and … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Second Commandment

This entry is part 4 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    O Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2     Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,     to … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: First Commandment

This entry is part 3 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,     for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 2 Why should the nations say,     “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in the heavens;     he … Continue reading

“The Joy of Knowing Christ” (Sermon on Philippians 3, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Knowing Christ” (Philippians 3) I noticed in the news about a week ago–maybe you saw it too–that Monty Hall died. He was the longtime host of the television game show, Let’s Make a Deal. You remember how … Continue reading

“A Joyful Gospel Partnership” (Sermon on Philippians 1, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Joyful Gospel Partnership” (Philippians 1) Today we start a four-week series of readings and sermons–and Bible classes, as well–on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. The official Epistle readings from the lectionary have big chunks of each of the … Continue reading

Your Family As Impetus For Daily Prayer

Throughout my twenties, I remained unmarried.  That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I was able to pursue my education without other distractions.  Serving a parish as a single man had a lot of advantages too.  I was able to devote … Continue reading

Married in the Eyes of God But Not the State?

Married in the Eyes of God But Not the State?: A Casualty of Casuistry Rev. John A. Frahm III 13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Pentecost 2

June 18, 2017 — Proper 6 — Pentecost 2
Sermon Text — Matthew 9:35-10:1-20

God’s Mission of Love

The Mission of Jesus– Preach, Teach, Heal

The savior is on a mission.  His face is set.  His eyes are fixed.  His hands are outstretched.  His voice is lifted high.  The Savior is on a mission and His mission is the salvation of the world.  He is no Moses – though many would prefer Moses to Jesus.  Moses gives you something to do, something to work for, something measurable.  The Law came through Moses.  Jesus is no Moses.  Jesus gives you something to believe.  The Law measures what you deserve.  Faith on the other hand receives what the heart knows we don’t deserve.  With Jesus it’s not about what you deserve.  With Jesus is all about what He has to give and what we are to receive by faith.  It’s not about deserving, it’s about believing.  God is love.  Jesus is God made flesh.  Jesus is love incarnate.  We are given to believe this, to believe in Love made flesh for us.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Trinity Sunday

June 11, 2017 — Trinity Sunday
Sermon Text — Matthew 28:16-20

All Authority has been given to Me

Some worshipped and some doubted.  All were gathered on the mountain.  All saw the resurrected Jesus yet some worshipped and some doubted.  Why did some doubt?  Why, do you doubt?  What they saw with their eyes we are given to behold by faith, to see with our ears so to speak.  Yet some worship and some doubt.

While some are worshipping and some are doubting the Lord of all creation knows their hearts.  Your Lord knows your heart.  Knowing the hearts of men, women and children, our resurrected Jesus speaks.  He addresses our doubts with His Word.  His Word gives us what we need and eases our doubts intending to quicken and stir up faith.

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“Hope for the Future and a Present Priesthood” (Sermon on John 14:1-14 and 1 Peter 2:2-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Hope for the Future and a Present Priesthood” (John 14:1-14; 1 Peter 2:2-10) You gotta have hope. Hope is faith facing the future. You and I, we need something to look forward to. Otherwise, we lose heart, we get depressed, … Continue reading